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In Uncategorized on April 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

This past weekend we needed a Beck fix so we hopped in the car and spent the weekend with Josh, Rochelle and Baby Beck.  We played a lot of cards, the men attempted to make martini’s, had a picnic in the park, and ate what seemed like 20 pounds of meat at Road to Seoul, a Korean BBQ restaurant in Koreatown.  As usual our time with Josh and Rochelle went by too quickly.

Dinner at Road to Seoul

Munchin' on some baby octopus

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Recent adventures (Part 2)

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:30 am

If you remember from our previous post I mentioned how out of shape we are.  This past weekend, we decided to take the bull by the horns and go on two separate hikes.  We went with our friends, Steve and Val, to Pacifica along the coast and found a trail in San Pedro Regional Park.  The trail wound through a eucalyptus tree grove (which smells divine) and ended at the top of a peak overlooking the town of Pacifica and the coast, however we couldn’t hurl our bodies up the hill quickly enough before clouds rolled in.

View of Pacifica and the coast through the clouds

With our friends Val and Steve

On Sunday our Bible Study made plans to hike Mission Peak that towers over Fremont.  I’d heard it was quite a hike, and they weren’t exaggerating.  But the view from the top made it all worth it.  I think it took us 2 1/2 hours to get to the top.  Whew.

The hike up

We made it!

We made it!

Though we don’t look like it we were happy to have made it to the top!  Behind us you can see Fremont (where we live) and the southern tip of the San Francisco Bay.  After more than 12 miles of hiking and about 4,000 feet climbed in two days it’s taken us a few days to recover.

Next up for us is spending the weekend in LA with the Beck’s, our favorite people in the entire state of California!

Recent adventures (Part 1)

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 9:07 am

Wow, have we been busy the last few months.  The area we live has no shortage of ways to spend your time, and we’ve been on a marathon of sorts trying to enjoy it all.  I made the comment to Nathan the other day, “what will we do if we ever move back to the Midwest, we’ll be so bored”.  I’m beginning to see why people come out here for a visit and end up staying their whole lives.

Here’s a quick recap of what we’ve been up to the last two months:

A friend called us in March and said they had tickets to a San Jose Shark’s game that they couldn’t go to, so they offered them to us.  (Women:  this is a NHL team…you know, hockey)  Being true to Nathan’s Canadian heritage we timidly agreed, or the other version is that Nathan flipped out and was more excited than the day he proposed to me.  We had 11th row seats just behind the goal.  It was incredible.  I mostly enjoyed watching them fight.

Sharks Game

I think they won against the Dallas Stars.  Did I mention I was living on Nyquil that week from a bad cold?

A few days later were invited by some friends to go skiing up in the Sierras for a day.  It was about 50º and sunny, but we had a great time.  We were ridiculously sore by the end of the day and reminded that we must get back in shape…yet again.

Skiing at Kirkwood

This face says pure exhaustion.  I think we both slept pretty hard that night!

Pooped, plain pooped.

That next week was busy planning for all the Easter services and then we spent a day and a half in San Francisco for our anniversary, but I already told you about that.

That coming weekend a family from our Bible Study invited us to go on a short backpacking trip at Point Reyes with some friends of theirs.  We agreed, and were once again reminded that we are, in fact, out of shape.  Point Reyes is a National Seashore just north of the City in Marin County.  It is beautiful.  Big cliffs, blue ocean, wildflowers, blue skies.  We hiked in about 2 miles, camped that night along the coast, and spent the next day exploring.  Oh, and did I mention we feasted on steak, wine and cheese?  Yah, we really know how to rough it.

Our campsite at sunset

Apparently it was a good time of year to see migrating whales, but we weren’t so fortunate.  We watched the sunset on the coast.

Sunset

We ended the night with a fire on the beach.  The next morning we sat on the beach and watched some of our hiking buddies brave the cold Pacific.  We thought they were crazy but it was fun to watch!

Swimming

Deep in contemplation

We also hiked up the coast some and found some tide pools and the biggest mussels you’ve ever seen.

Tide Pools & Mussels

We had a great trip and have already been thinking about the next time we can go back.  If you’re ever in the area we highly recommend Point Reyes National Seashore!

Tide Pools

Spinach Shake

In Uncategorized on April 20, 2010 at 8:18 am

I love ALL things breakfast.  One of my fondest memories growing up is having breakfast with my family most Saturday mornings devouring my mom’s incredible (to but it mildly) thick pancakes.  If it’s sweet, baked with butter, and I can smother it in syrup, I’m there.  I say all of this as a precursor so you don’t think I’ve gone completely crazy.  Trust me, when I say, spinach shakes are so good, filling, and they’re actually good for you.  I took a recipe from Iowa Girl Eats and adapted the recipe a bit.  The spinach gets blended up so you can’t even taste it.  Give it a try, I promise you you’ll like it.  This fills me up for most of the morning b/c it’s so packed with goodness.

I really don’t measure when I’m dumping things in (imagine that) and I often just use the fruit that I have on hand, so you can mix it up if you like.

Spinach Shake

2 handfuls spinach

1/4 c. rolled oats

1 heaping T. peanut butter

1 T. ground flax seed (optional)

1/4-1/2 c. vanilla yogurt

2 handfuls fresh blueberries

1 frozen banana

1 1/2 handfuls frozen mango chunks (from Trader Joes, you could use fresh as well)

handful of ice cubes

couple splashes of milk (depending on how thick or thin you like your shakes)

-Add the non frozen (read fresh) and grainy ingredients in a blender.  Blend.  Add your frozen ingredients with a few splashes of milk.  Blend.  Drink!

Tax Day Freebies!

In Uncategorized on April 15, 2010 at 12:25 pm

I’m so glad tax season is over.  It was nice this year to see April 15th approaching and know that our taxes were all done and paid for.  Yes, I said PAID for.  We had to pay in this year.  Oh well, at least we closed out 2009 debt-free!

But it turns out there is a silver lining in this dreaded of all days (second only to those two days a year you see your dentist) Tax Day Freebies!  If you are like me, you didn’t even know such a thing existed.  I came across this article today and am sharing it with all of you in the event that you decide to stick it to Uncle Sam by getting a two-for-one Jamba Juice, or a free cup of java from Starbucks.  You can go HERE to find more deals.

Oh, and HAPPY TAX DAY (yada, yada, blah, blah, blah).

Grocery Line Etiquette

In Uncategorized on April 8, 2010 at 8:05 am

Things not to do to the person standing in front of you in the grocery line.

1.  Put your groceries on the conveyor belt before the person before you has unloaded their groceries.

2.  Trap the person in front of you between a scandalous National Inquirer Magazine rack and the conveyor belt with your shopping cart.

3.  Not-so-gently press your grocery cart INTO HER HEELS!!  (Didn’t your mother ever lecture you about “ramming heels with carts”??

4.  Stand so close to the person in front of you that they can smell that awful garlic bread you had for lunch and is now finding it’s way to the back of your neck.

5.  Stand over the shoulder of the person in front of you while they are swiping their credit card and entering their pin number.

6.  Stand oblivious behind the person in front of you and act like you don’t know that you are royally irritating them by performing any of the before mentioned items, or a combination of those behaviors.

Uggghhh….

To get an idea how my grocery trip went yesterday please see the above items 1-6.  Don’t worry, I might have handled it maturely by leaning, nonchalantly, against the elderly Asian woman’s cart to push it back at her.  Maybe, I did that.

Anniversary Getaway

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 9:22 pm

Nathan planned a night away for us to celebrate our first anniversary.  We’ve been wanting to see Wicked for a while and he got us tickets to see it at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown San Francisco.  The theater was beautiful and we thoroughly enjoyed the production.  I don’t have any pictures from it because the ushers were “Wicked” sensitive about snapping pictures in the theater.

My husband of one year also got us a hotel room near Union Square (read: shopping!).  We had dinner at this fun Italian restaurant, Kuleto’s, and then stopped at Cheesecake Factory for a little Black Tuxedo Cheesecake for dessert.  By night’s end, I think Nathan was growing a little tired of this phrase, “At this time last year we were (insert wedding activity), taking pictures, saying our vows, eating cake, etc.”

Our anniversary feast at Kuleto's

Back at the hotel, (no worries, this isn’t about to get raunchy) we agreed for the second time that king bed’s are definitely better than the double bed we’ve been sharing for a year, and dreamed of the day when we would one day have our own.

The next morning we went to a crepe joint for breakfast and spent the rest of the day enjoying several of San Francisco’s free amusements.  We went to the Cable Car Museum, stopped in at Grace Cathedral, and walked through, or I should say around, the Palace of Fine Arts, as the actual columns were closed for renovation.  It turned out to be a beautiful and sunny day in SF, so we ended our little vacation at Baker Beach along the coast.  It sits just south of the mouth of San Francisco Bay and we watched the waves crash and a big freighter leave the ocean and enter the bay underneath the Golden Gate Bridge.  It was beautiful.

The Husband and better half

We were sad for our excursion to end, but are home for a few days, and then leaving to go backpacking with some friends at Point Reyes later in the week.  We hear steak and wine are involved so this definitely won’t be reminiscent of our last backpacking trip into Wyoming where we feasted on tortillas with peanut butter and honey.

Musings: One Year Later

In Uncategorized on April 5, 2010 at 8:49 pm

It ‘s now been one year to the day that Nathan and I packed up my car and drove 1,800 miles from home to set up shop in California.  It is nearly one year ago to the day that Nathan and I became one.  So much has happened in that year, many lessons learned, and I thought I would share  some of those lessons with all of you.  (Disclaimer:  We do not feel that any of these have been mastered but are our ongoing work in progress.)

1.  Your husband can truly be your best and only friend when you have none, but it is important to remember that he is not a girl, and will never act like one (except when sick) and should not be expected to behave like one.

2.  Even with 1,800 miles and millions of people and cities separating you, you will never find someone who makes apple pie or hot chocolate quite like your mom.

3. Be selective in who your “trusted advisors” are.  Just because they’ve been married a long time, go, work or serve to/at  your church, live in your building, or have a lot to say on the matter, does not make them wise.

4. Find “trusted advisors”.  You will need them to clearly speak God’s Word into your life when you find yourself faltering.

5. Get out often.  You live in a foreign place and there are buckets and buckets of hidden treasures just waiting for you to enjoy.  Plus, it’s much better for your mental sanity than sitting on the couch staring at a wall.

6. Be your spouse’s biggest supporter.  He possibly has no one else, especially if you’ve moved away, and he will need it to keep going. (Best advice my mom ever gave me, and I’m still trying to get it right.)

7.  Pray that God would help you to love the place and people He’s brought you to.  I had only considered this in the context of moving overseas, but have found that it applies just as much, if not more when moving within the borders of your own country.

8.  Be slow to make judgments on others before you know them.  I’ve met so many people this year and sized them up with in the first five minutes only to find out days, weeks or even months later that I was entirely wrong about them.

9. Facebook and blogs are not a substitute for making new friends.

10. Your new life is your new normal, and you must let go of what your old “normal” was and allow God to craft a new life for you.  (Another gem from my mother.)

11.  Marriage year one can be summed up by the following statement:  “Yes, you really are that selfish, and no you really aren’t as great as you thought you were.”

12.  Fix your eyes on the hope set before you and you’ll have little reason to be disappointed when this life doesn’t live up to your expectations, for everything earthly pales in comparison to heaven.

13. Make your home as cozy and comfortable as possible.  Oh, and try and choose a home that gets sunlight.

14. Let your husband watch Simpsons when he comes home from work and needs to unwind.  He’s not ignoring you, he’s just exhausted from trying to “save the world” at work for the last 8 hours.

15. Seek God and His wisdom together.  It’s as vital to your marriage as breathing is to keep you alive.

16.  Keep a notecard on you at all times so when someone mentions a restaraunt or point of interest you ought to try you can jot it down for future reference.

17.  For goodness sakes, buy a GPS.  Sometimes a girl needs to feel like she can find something 50 miles away and get herself home.  Does wonders for her self-esteem.

18.  Remind yourself that God is always near to those who call on Him, and call on Him often.

19.  Set up a workable budget that you both agree on.  Marriage is difficult enough without the added stress of finances.

20.  When life in your new world becomes frustrating, disappointing or just not what you thought it would be, spend the day finding things to thank God for.  It’s amazing what perspective is brought about by this.

21.  You can be very happy living in less than 700 sqft with only one bedroom.  Organization and using wall space are key.

22.  Begin to live now the way you would want your children to live someday.  People don’t become good parents overnight.  They establish patterns, habits and attitudes in their teens that will one day be passed on to their children.  And hallelujah! that these patterns can be changed and broken if less than ideal.

Looking back over this list, I’m struck by how much I should take my own advice.  Good thing we’re all a work in progress.  Here’s to anticipating all that God will refine in us in year two!